Tonight, for the first time in recollection, I attended a poets' reading of the Poets Haven Reading Series, hosted by the Edmonton Stroll of Poets and held at The Upper Crust Restaurant. Gathered together in a cozy annex of the restaurant, a small number of poetry and arts lovers sat with rapt attention as four writers, and then an additional two brave souls who joined in the open mic segment, shared their work.
This event is sponsored by Edmonton Arts Council, City of Edmonton, Edmonton Public Library, Writer's Guild of Alberta, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and is well worth the short trip to either Upper Crust Restaurant (on 109 Street and 86th Avenue) or Greenwoods Books (79th Avenue and 104 Street) on Sunday afternoons. While you delight your mind and senses with the imagery through recited poetry, light refreshments and tea or coffee are available as well.
From the Edmonton Stroll of Poets Facebook page I quote the background and purpose of the society:
"The Edmonton Stroll of Poets Society was founded in 1991 to address the need to promote poetry as an art form. Currently we organize a reading series that runs weekly from September to March every year. We also publish an annual anthology, offer writing workshops to members, and are involved in the Edmonton Poetry Festival. For more information, visit http://www.strollofpoets.com."
To partake in a relaxing but entertaining and stimulating evening or afternoon, as the case may be depending on the date and location, check out the schedule posted at Stroll of Poets. Take a good friend and enjoy!